Egypt court drops Mubarak murder charges

Hosni Mubarak

Hosni Mubarak

CAIRO (AA) – An Egyptian court on Saturday dropped a case against former president Hosni Mubarak on charges of conspiring in the killing of protesters during a 2011 uprising.

The court also cleared ex-interior minister Habib al-Adly and six former top security officials of charges of ordering the murder of hundreds of protesters during the 18-day uprising, which ended Mubarak’s 30-year rule in early 2011.

The trial judge also cleared Mubarak of corruption charges related to gas exports to Israel.

The judge also dropped another corruption charge against Mubarak, his two sons Alaa and Gamal and business tycoon Hussein Salem, saying that too much time had elapsed since the alleged crime took place for the court to rule in the case.

The verdicts are still subject to appeal.

During Saturday’s session, the judge said that trial documents showed that 239 people had been killed in 11 provinces during the January revolution, including 36 people killed in public squares.

He added that 1,588 people had also been injured during the revolution according to the trial documents.

In late 2012, Mubarak and al-Adly were both sentenced to 25 years in prison for ordering the murder of demonstrators during the uprising.

The court later ordered a retrial, however, after the former president’s lawyers successfully appealed the sentence.


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